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Immigrants vote in 2010 Municipal Elections

The much awaited immigrants’ participation in municipal elections is a fact, following a new legislative amendment passed by the government.
According to an interior ministry circular, all eligible immigrants can register untilAugust 31 2010– the previous deadline was June 30 – at their local municipality’s election office should they want to vote in the upcoming ballot on November 14. Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis stressed that “the participation of legally residing, long-term residents is a historic event.” 
About the procedure and the eligibility criteria: Ministry of the Interior (in Greek)


Diamandouros re-elected EU Ombudsman

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The European Parliament (EP) re-elected Nikiforos Diamandouros as European Ombudsman with 340 votes out of a total of 648 valid votes cast.
Diamandouros was first elected to the post on April 1, 2003 and this will be his third term as European Ombudsman.
“I am very grateful for the support of the European Parliament and for this vote of confidence in my work.
I look forward to continuing my efforts to improve the quality of the EU administration and to promote a culture of service in the EU institutions for the benefit of European citizens”said Diamandouros, who was the first to hold the post of National Ombudsman in Greece.

Bill for Expatriate Greeks Vote to be Tabled

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The inner cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, approved yesterday a bill that would give Greek citizens living abroad the right to vote in general elections in Greece from their place of residence. Greeks abroad will be included in special electoral rolls to be compiled and regularly updated by the Greek consulates abroad. Each party will be allowed to name maximum three candidates on the party’s state list, said Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos. He also clarified that the proposed bill will be transitional.  Once it has been tested in practice, the government would then examine the possibility of representation for specific regions abroad and possible ways to implement the constitutional provision for postal voting.

Voting for Greatest Greeks

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  In search of the most influential Greek personality of all times, Skai TV is launching a TV series under the title “Great Greeks,” following the example of BBC’s own “Great Britons” series. The public is free to vote for the most eminent Greeks of the past and present until May 7, via internet or text message. The top 10 names will be showcased individually through a documentary programme. The selection is vast and includes personalities who have left their mark on all aspects of public life such as politics, culture, arts, sports and others. More information www.skai.gr/greatgreeks (in Greek); Kathimerini daily: Search is on for Greatest Greeks, past or present; Foundation of the Hellenic World: Hellenic History